J.P. Carroll Roofing Grant: Creativity Unleashed with LitteBITS in the Library Makerspace and Beyond
- School Year: 2016-2017
- Applicants: Melissa Thom, Lead Teacher Janice Lavangie, Tracy Bennett, Kathy Egan
- School: Bristow Middle School
- Subjects: Math, Science
The Little Bits project funds the purchase of STEM ( Science Technology Engineering Math ) learning toolkits called Little Bits at Bristow Middle School. Little BITS are small electronic building blocks that have an electronic piece inside that can be snapped together to create unlimited circuits. For a demonstration of what Little Bits are, view http://littlebits.cc/education. The Little Bits kit will be housed in the library for students to use before school during learning labs within a new space called “Maker Space”. In addition, the kits will be available for Science, Math and Technology Education (STEM) teachers to use in their classrooms and available to school clubs to include Makers Club and Science Club. Students will explore, create, and design an unlimited array of devices. By being able to tinker, fail, and improve their designs, students will be engaged in powerful hands-on learning in STEM and gain 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem - solving, and collaboration.